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Mark Jacobson’s Antitrust Work for Total Wine & More Featured in Local Media

04.07.15

Mark Jacobson’s client, Total Wine & More, is claiming that its city-owned competitors are breaking state and federal antitrust laws by coordinating prices to undercut the company. Total Wine attests, through a letter written by Jacobson, that the municipal stores—along with the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association (MMBA) and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA)—are circulating lists of specific sale items along with suggested prices and markup guidelines.

"They're clearly coordinating pricing among competitors, and that's illegal," said Jacobson. "It seems very strange for competitors to be exchanging information about markups and profit margins with each other."

MMBA Executive Director Paul Kaspszak claims his members are simply sharing useful information.

Read the Articles
Total Wine accuses city-owned competitors of antitrust conspiracyMinneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Total Wine Says City Liquor Stores' Playbook on Beating Them Is Obviously Collusion – City Pages

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